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How do you know which link will give you the "open", open in a new tab" menu, and which link the "previous" menu?...

Asked by flo (12974points) October 30th, 2010

For example in fluther, if you click on “Active” above the list of questions, it will give you the “open” menu, and “just for you”, will give you the “previous” menu. So, how do you know? What is the indication?

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Seaofclouds's avatar

I’m not really understanding what you mean by open and previous. Active takes you to the questions in that tab that have gotten the most recent answers. Just for you takes you to questions that are just for you (based on your topics of interest and who you have added to your fluther).

flo's avatar

@Seaofclouds sorry, I meant “right click” not “click”

Seaofclouds's avatar

I get the same menu pop up when I right click on both of those areas, so I’m not sure what you are seeing. Sorry I couldn’t help more.

augustlan's avatar

I also get the same menu when right clicking both of those links. I’m confused…

ETpro's avatar

I hope I am understanding what you are asking. Here goes.

Your browser determines the menu you get when you right click. What it displays depends on what browser you are using and what kind of element you right click on. For instance, you would get different menus right clicking on a text link, an image, or some plain text. The menu that appears is driven by what you might further wish to do with the kind of elementn you clicked on. Play around with it right clicking on various kids of page elements and you will get a feel for what your browser allows for each type.

flo's avatar

By the way it is “Back” not “Previous” (I translated from another language in my head).
What is page element?
What browser are you all using that doesn’t give you the menu that starts with ‘back’? Why wouldn’t every browser provide the ‘back’ menu as well? What else is it not providing? I am using IE8 by the way.
@ETpro “Play around with it right clicking on various kids of page elements and you will get a feel for what your browser allows for each type.” I am trying to avoid playing around. I get the menus on text link,(‘open’ menu) on empty spaces (‘back’ menu) and images (‘back’). I heve never seen a menu on plain text. Would you give me an example of plain text that gives me a menu?

Seaofclouds's avatar

I’m using safari. Is it possibly that you right clicked just outside of the link area for the “just for you” section? If I right click below the linked area, I get a menu that starts with back, so maybe that was the issue.

ETpro's avatar

@flo Without knowing what Browser, version and Operating System you are using, I can’t predict with any certainty what menus a given right click will bring up. I am using Firefox 3.6 running on Windows XP SP3.

When I right click a link (text or image) I get the following”
Open link in new window
Open link in new tab
———————————-
Bookmark this link
Save link as
Send link
Copy link location
Check page links
———————————-
Highlight keyword
Show keyword density
———————————-
More search types     >>
Share                       >>
Page Info                   >>
———————————-
Then down here, I have
some stuff for web
developers that is part
of add-ons I use.

Right clicking on pure text gives me a much longer menu. There don’t appear to be any images on this page that are not either a background or a link. But if there were, I could get a menu letting me copy the image to the clipboard, open it in a new tab, etc.

Page elements are the various discrete things that go to make up a Web page. Thinks such as plain text, headline text, anchor text for a link, images, images for a link, background images, bullet and numbered lists, tables, etc.

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flo's avatar

@ETpro @seaofclouds
I hope that I don’t have to learn what Page Element (it looks like it is too time cosuming to learn) is, and what a browser, what operating system all the the different computers I use are using, just to find out the difference between “just for you” link, and the “Activity” link. I hope not.

Seaofclouds's avatar

If you are still having problems right clicking on one of them, why not just do a regular click on them? I still think it sounds like you aren’t clicking right on the link and instead right below it and that is causing the difference (unless there is some kind of error on your browser that isn’t recognizing the link).

The browser you are using is whatever you are using to see Fluther right now (most likely either Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari (if you are on a Mac). Your operating system is whatever your computer runs when you start it up (most likely windows xp, windows vista, or even windows 7 (or something older depending on your computer)).

ETpro's avatar

Why right click those links at all? Left click them if you just want to go to that section of the site/ Computers are technical beasts much like cars. Any darned fool can stare at a beautiful car and admire it. If you actually want to go anywhere behind its wheel, there are certain rudiments of driving you absolutely must take the time to learn. Otherwise, you’re sure to crash it. But you don’t need to learn double clutching and toe-heel techniques that are applicable only to all out road racing in the European circuit. And you don’t need to learn how to take it apart and replace a cracked cylinder or a broken gear inside and automatic transmission. Most of us spend out entire lives driving just fine without any knowledge of those finer points.

flo's avatar

@Seaofclouds” If you are still having problems right clicking on one of them,
why not just do a regular click on them?”
@ETpro “Why right click those links at all? Left click them if you just want to go to that section of the site/”
If I wanted to go to that section of the site, I would left click. But I am trying to recognize and click on the on the link to get “back” or the “open”. Thank you both.
By the way ETpro how do you copy and paste a menu? The act of trying to copy it makes it disappear, when I try it.

ETpro's avatar

@flo I don’t know any magic to copy a right-click menu. I typed it in by hand. Ugh.

flo's avatar

@ETpro, I am so much more grateful for your answer now that I know that you typed it. I just assumed because it looks so perfect

ETpro's avatar

You’re welcome. :-)

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